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December 10, 2015

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December 10, 2015

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

What's in this issue:

The Votes Are In

The votes are in from 110,000 people voting and ABQ FOLK FEST does it again! We are honored to have been selected as one of the top 5 festivals in Albuquerque the Magazine, selected by the Albuquerque community. You can find this article in the December/January Best of 2015 issue. We are grateful for our ABQ FOLK FEST family -- you!

Save the Date!

ABQ FOLK FEST Saturday June 4, 2016 (and Friday too if you want to camp and jam)

We are already hard at work putting together a shiny new festival to wrap up and put at your disposal on the first weekend in June.

End of tax year donations!

ABQ FOLK FEST is an important part of the fabric of this City, but it takes your support, and so we come to you this the time of year, hat in hand, asking for your tax-deductible donation. You can donate online here through Just Give or mail a donation to P.O. Box 4837, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87196.

Short on Cash?

If you can’t give cash right now, we are also looking for generous gifts of folk items and time/organizational skills……

Gifts of Folk! We can use donations that can be auctioned such as

  • instruments (new or nice quality used)
  • folk arts (quilts, wood carving, pottery, etc)
  • performances (performers, donate a free performance for a house concert or auction)
  • tickets to folk concerts
  • instrument cases
  • sound studio time
  • dance lessons
  • music lessons
  • and anything else that Folk Festival fans would enjoy using
Also, we are looking for someone who may be willing to donate a couple balloon rides that we can auction or raffle. Things that don’t work well for auction may be raffled or sold by consignment booth managers. For more information about gift donations, contact Erika.

Gifts of Time/Organization Skills! Specifically, we are looking for people who can help with fundraising by doing the following (training and guidance available in all areas):

  • House Concert Coordinator - We have an offer from several people to host house concerts, but we need someone to contact bands willing to work with us on fundraising concerts, coordinate dates between bands and houses, and let the AFF board know, so it can be publicized.
  • Fundraising Concert Coordinator - This involves watching for folk artists coming through town who are looking for places to play to pick up some extra funds who don’t require full price “destination funding”. It requires finding an available rental and setting up the concert and checking schedules of other concert organizers to avoid conflicts in town. There are several available.
  • Grant Writer - This involves reading through the grant requirements, writing proposals according to those requirements, and compiling the pieces of a grant application (such as budget and non-profit status proof). The board is able to supply the necessary information for grant writing.
  • Sponsorship Finder – We need people who can take some time to talk to potential sponsors, or email them. We have perks to offer cash sponsors such as advertising, tickets, banners at a stage, etc. and we have a brochure for sponsors.
  • ABQ FOLK FEST CD Compilation Coordinator - We need someone to try to pull together a compilation CD from AFF performers each year, so we can sell a commemorative CD. This would involve gathering recordings at the festival of several different artists (possibly through the sound operators), or getting prerecorded tracks. Then it would involve getting permission to use those recordings, getting the CD mastered at a recording company and putting together a CD cover.

Gifts by Shopping! You can donate when you make purchases from Amazon Smile.

Since Albuquerque Folk Festival is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization eligible for charitable contributions (either personal or corporate), people can donate by designating The Albuquerque Folk Festival for charitable contributions from purchases from Amazon without spending an extra dime. If you have never tried it, here’s some information. Though we are all for buying local, if you do purchase on Amazon, why not have it do double duty?

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same. How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile? On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization (please search for The Albuquerque Folk Festival) to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

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July 31, 2015

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July 31, 2015

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

What's in this issue:

Vote for ABQ FOLK FEST Today

Albuquerque The Magazine is running their Best of the City 2015 poll and wants you to help pick our city's best food, entertainment, personalities, etc. If you love ABQ FOLK FEST, please consider voting for us in the Best Local Festival category under the Local Fun section. Voting closes on August 1, so be sure to visit http://abqthemag.com/events/best-of-the-city/ today to support your local favorites.

Check out the photos!

If you'd like to relive the Festival, we've got 2015 photos online at abqfolkfest.org/photos. Peter Esherick, Dave Straub, Jerry W. Kelley, and Lynda Paladin captured some memorable images of a memorable day.

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We need you! Support Albuquerque Folk Festival

HELP GET THE WORD OUT

Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook! We’re providing regular updates on upcoming local shows, information on and videos of our performers and other fun tidbits about our festival and our organization that you’ll want to know. Share our page, events and posts with your friends, too. Let’s really get the word out this year!

SUPPORT YOUR FESTIVAL

As many of you know, the ABQ Folk Festival is 100% run by volunteers. Did you know that only a small portion of our financial resources comes from ticket sales? Roughly 30% of the cost of our festival is covered by ticket sales. That means we must fund 70% of our festival though grants, sponsorships and donations from supporters like you. Over the next few years, we’d love to see that ticket-sales dependency drop to zero as we lower the cost of the tickets down to Free. Please help us push toward that goal and consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Albuquerque Folk Festival, a Not-for-Profit 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(2) Public Charity. We offer a variety of donor and sponsor opportunities at all levels of support for community-minded individuals and organizations. For more information, visit our website or contact us. Thank you for your patronage!

If you like to shop at Amazon, you can also help ABQ FOLK FEST by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com and designating the Albuquerque Folk Festival as your charity to support. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to the folk festival.

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July 21, 2015

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July 21, 2015

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

What's in this issue:

July 24-26: Edgewood Arts and Music Festival

Formerly known as the Wildlife West Music Festival, this year's 13th Annual Edgewood Arts and Music Festival offers something for all ABQ FOLK FEST fans. Looking for some local Folk Festival favorites? Holy Water & Whiskey, Polyphony Marimba Band, Higher Ground, and Zoltan Orkestar will be there, along with other local groups. Want some out-of-town names? How about the Quebe Sisters from Texas, James Reams and the Barnstormers from Arizona, and Dave Stamey from California. Workshops? Check. Jame? Check. Free camping? Check.

Plus, there's an art show around the grounds, jugglers, and a chuck wagon dinner on Friday evening. Your admission fee includes admission to the Wildlife West Nature Park, with about 30 wildlife exhibits. And any young student that brings an instrument gets in free.

For more information, check the Wildlife West website.

July 31 - August 2: Red River Dulcimer Festival

The New Mexico Dulcimer Association would like to announce the 3rd Annual Red River Dulcimer Festival, set for July 31-August 2 in beautiful Red River, NM. Casual concerts all three days, workshops on August 1 teaching mountain and hammered dulcimer, guitar, banjo, ukulele, bowed psaltery, penny whistle and Sacred Harp singing. The festival is sponsored by the Red River Community House (NM) and organized by the Red River Valley Dulcimer Club from Bennington, OK. Teachers will include popular MO folk musicians Cathy Barton and Dave Para (they were at the ABQ FOLK FEST this year), Dana Hamilton (Winfield National Hammered Dulcimer and Mountain Dulcimer Champion from TX), David Lindsey (renowned OK hammered dulcimer builder) and other teachers from OK and NM. Details at www.nmdulcfest.com/popups/redriver.html.

August 28-30: Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival

In August, it's traditional for traditional music lovers to head on up to Santa Fe for the Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival, sponsored by the Southwest Pickers. You'll get to hear Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen (Bluegrass Headliner), Uncle Henry's Favorites (Old Time Headliner), plus regional and local bands. There are contests and workshops all day Saturday and dances on Friday and Saturday nights.

For more information, check the Festival's website.

September 25-26: ¡Globalquerque!

In September, head to the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque for ¡Globalquerque!, featuring an international lineup of artists performing on three stages on both Friday and Saturday evenings. During the day on Saturday, there's a free Global Fiesta, packed with educational workshops, activities and performances geared towards both children and adults.

For more information, check ¡Globalquerque!'s website.

October 16-17: New Mexico Dulcimer Festival

The 6th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival is taking place October 16-17, 2015, in Albuquerque, NM. This event will feature 40 workshops focusing on mountain and hammered dulcimers, but also Celtic harp, bowed psaltery, bodhran, penny whistle, guitar, and ukulele offered by local musicians and nationally recognized artists from Colorado, Florida, Missouri, and Texas. Absolute beginner dulcimer workshops are offered with instrument rentals available, and loaner instruments will be provided for some of the other workshops. The festival includes jams, open mic, on-site meals, on-site music/instrument vendor, and public concerts (7pm each night, $15 at the door, children under 12 free). Concert performers will include 2 national dulcimer champions, a national fiddle champion, and other nationally-recognized musicians/instrument builders. Musicians have performed at well-known festivals such as Kentucky Music Weekend and Common Ground on the Hill, and shared the stage with folks like Mike Seeger, Tony Rice, Steve Kaufman, Norman Black and Bryan Bowers. The festival sponsored by the New Mexico Dulcimer Association, Apple Mountain Music in Albuquerque, and the Music Guild of New Mexico. Info at www.NMDulcFest.com or 505.292.6030.

We need you! Support Albuquerque Folk Festival

HELP GET THE WORD OUT

Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook! We’re providing regular updates on upcoming local shows, information on and videos of our performers and other fun tidbits about our festival and our organization that you’ll want to know. Share our page, events and posts with your friends, too. Let’s really get the word out this year!

SUPPORT YOUR FESTIVAL

As many of you know, the ABQ Folk Festival is 100% run by volunteers. Did you know that only a small portion of our financial resources comes from ticket sales? Roughly 30% of the cost of our festival is covered by ticket sales. That means we must fund 70% of our festival though grants, sponsorships and donations from supporters like you. Over the next few years, we’d love to see that ticket-sales dependency drop to zero as we lower the cost of the tickets down to Free. Please help us push toward that goal and consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Albuquerque Folk Festival, a Not-for-Profit 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(2) Public Charity. We offer a variety of donor and sponsor opportunities at all levels of support for community-minded individuals and organizations. For more information, visit our website or contact us. Thank you for your patronage!

If you like to shop at Amazon, you can also help ABQ FOLK FEST by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com and designating the Albuquerque Folk Festival as your charity to support. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to the folk festival.

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June 3, 2015

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June 3, 2015

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

What's in this issue:

Food at Solas!

Planning to come to the Solas concert this Friday night?

Kimo's Hawaiian BBQ will be serving delicious Hawaiian food and Bosque Brewing Co. will be pouring refreshing local craft beers so be sure to come hungry, thirsty, and ready for an amazing night of music. You can still pre-purchase your tickets here and save $5 off the gate price.

In our last newsletter, we noted that there wouldn't be any food available at the Solas concert. We're happy to be wrong. At last year's Festival, Kimo's Hawaiian BBG was extremely popular, so we know you'll enjoy their food on Friday night.

A few little last minute lists

Things to do before the Festival:

  • Buy your tickets to the Festival in advance here and skip the purchase lines the day of the festival. You can also buy tickets in advance at various music stores around town.
  • For out of town guests, check out our great deal with the Ramada Albuquerque Airport
  • Tell all your friends about how great the Festival is
  • Plan to camp (or jam with us at the campgrounds) from Friday night through Sunday morning
  • Do a little advance planning - check the schedule to figure out what you want to do. We know it's hard to select from so many great options

Stuff to bring to the Festival:

  • Your bike! Ride your bike to the Festival and use our free bike valet located behind the Balloon Museum, on the south side of the Balloon Fiesta Park.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat (though there are shade tents and chairs)
  • Empty non-glass water bottles to fill at the water fountains (though the vendors will be selling drinks and beer)
  • Spare instruments to sell at our consignment table (under $600 is best)
  • Cash to buy stuff from the food trucks, crafts vendors, and instrument consignment table
  • Cash to buy raffle tickets
  • Your ATM card in case you forget to bring cash (or didn't bring enough given all the fun ways to spend it)
  • Your ID if you're over 21 and would like to purchase beer from Bosque Brewing Company after 12 pm (yet another reason to bring cash)
  • Instrument and/or dancing shoes: you can always leave your items safely at Instrument Check if you are going to performances etc (open till 9)

Things to do at the Festival that aren't on the grid schedule:

  • Sign up for the Band Scramble at the information table by 3:45 pm if you are a musician or dancer
  • Recycle your trash at the recycling stations around the grounds
  • Visit some of our new additions this year: Music Guild of NM instrument petting zoo (in addition to Planet Music), the Kids Showcase at the Sign Up Stage, the Welcome Tent in front of the building as you arrive
  • Check out demos at some of our craft vendors: turban-wrapping, weaving, silk painting and more!
  • Fill out a feedback card and let us know what you think

Don't bring this stuff:

  • Glass bottles
  • Alcohol
  • Dogs or other pets (except uniformed service dogs)
  • The wind (we had enough of that last year!)

We need you! Support Albuquerque Folk Festival

HELP GET THE WORD OUT

Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook! We’re providing regular updates on upcoming local shows, information on and videos of our performers and other fun tidbits about our festival and our organization that you’ll want to know. Share our page, events and posts with your friends, too. Let’s really get the word out this year!

SUPPORT YOUR FESTIVAL

As many of you know, the ABQ Folk Festival is 100% run by volunteers. Did you know that only a small portion of our financial resources comes from ticket sales? Roughly 30% of the cost of our festival is covered by ticket sales. That means we must fund 70% of our festival though grants, sponsorships and donations from supporters like you. Over the next few years, we’d love to see that ticket-sales dependency drop to zero as we lower the cost of the tickets down to Free. Please help us push toward that goal and consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Albuquerque Folk Festival, a Not-for-Profit 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(2) Public Charity. We offer a variety of donor and sponsor opportunities at all levels of support for community-minded individuals and organizations. For more information, visit our website or contact us. Thank you for your patronage!

If you like to shop at Amazon, you can also help ABQ FOLK FEST by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com and designating the Albuquerque Folk Festival as your charity to support. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to the folk festival.

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May 31, 2015

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May 30, 2015

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

What's in this issue:

On Stage: Even More Fabulous Musicians!

We have so much great music in store for you! Last time, we told you about several of the dynamic duos from around the country that will be gracing our stages this year. Here are a few more exciting duos — and a larger group — from neighboring states and beyond, that we are pleased to present to our audiences.

Coming from Tucson, Run Boy Run is a five-piece band that puts a contemporary twist on traditional music. Featuring fiddles, mandolin, cello, and bass, along with tight harmony singing, these highly skilled musicians will dazzle you! They will be presenting a workshop on “How to Grow a Band” at 11:30 am, and you can see them on the Sandia Stage at 4:30 pm and the Jemez Stage at 7:30 pm.

Also from Tucson, the genre-bending duo Ryanhood, consisting of Ryan Green and Cameron Hood on guitars and mandolin, will bring their strong vocal harmonies and stellar acoustic music to the Jemez Stage at 1:30 pm and the Mt. Taylor Stage at 6:30 pm.

The Zuni Mountain Boys, an Americana duo (from Brooklyn!), will be back this year, playing on the Mt. Taylor Stage at 3:30 pm. Last year they happened to be in the ABQ area on the day of the festival, and they played a set on our Sign-Up Stage to rave reviews. We are happy to have them joining us again.

Another fortuitous bit of timing is bringing us Truckstop Honeymoon, from Lawrence, KS. This banjo/bass duo will be passing through ABQ on the afternoon of the festival, and we were able to convince them to stop in long enough to do a set on the Sandia Stage at 2:30 pm.

In addition to all of these fine folks, lots of local musicians will be performing on our stages, playing for dance workshops, and leading workshops and jams. The scope of musical styles and genres is broad, including Bluegrass, New Mexican, Celtic, Old-Time, Balkan, Singer-Songwriter, Middle-Eastern, Early Country, Western Swing, A Cappella, Klezmer, Latin American, and more. Our local musicians and performers are a vital and much appreciated part of the ABQ Folk Festival!

Awesome Food Trucks...and Beer

Food trucks are hot and we have 12 great local food trucks to serve you all day Saturday at this year's Folk Festival, with a tremendous variety of food and refreshments, and an emphasis on quality and cultural variety - Asian, Latin American, Argentinian, Hawaiian, Scottish, Italian, Americana. Featuring: scrumptious gourmet tacos and sandwiches at Street Food Institute, a feature of CNM's culinary entrepreneur training program; tasty Hawaiian food at Kimo's Hawaiian BBQ's "Shark Truck," a favorite at last year's festival; Latin fusion at Pasión's Calle Ocho; Asian fusion at Basil's Home Cooking; authentic traditional Scottish cuisine at Scottish Pie Shop; excellent wood-fired pizza and calzones at Irrational Pi, with organic ingredients and vegetarian options; Argentinian specialties at Gauchito's Catering; excellent fish tacos and deep fried desserts at Street Food Blvd.; green chile burgers, fries, dogs at Dine and Dash; Hawaiian shave ice to cool you down and appeal to your sweet tooth. And who could forget the fabulous treats at JP's Custard Cart? --freshly made frozen custard and Italian ice. And to satisfy your coffee cravings, try the varied espresso drinks at La Vida Mocha, and quench your thirst with their cold fruit aguas frescas.

For more details on all the food vendors, check our website.

Starting at 12 noon on Saturday, the Bosque Brewing Company, one of ABQ's best microbreweries, will be selling craft beer at the Festival. If you’d like to partake, bring your ID to the ID Station (at the Festival entrance) and pick up a 21+ wristband before stopping by Bosque’s station. Bosque will also be selling beer on Friday night at the Solas concert. Sadly, none of the food trucks will be open on Friday night, but you are welcome to bring your own snacks (no glass bottles, please).

AFF on the Air

ABQ FOLK FEST reps have been busy making the media rounds, and you may be able to catch them on the air. Festival Director Gary Libman did a live interview on KKOB, which may be repeated. Gary and Erika Gerety (Fundraising Director) appeared on KNME's New Mexico in Focus. You can check it out here at about 37:30. Morning Brew on UABQ has been showing segments about the Folk Festival and featured our very own Squash Blossom Boys. In addition KUNM will be recording live from the folk festival during their Folk Routes show 10 am to 12 pm. Listen to them and then come out to the festival and stay the day.

On Wednesday this week at 3 pm, you can catch the Adobe Brothers playing live on Carol Boss's freeform radio show.

Speaking of the Adobe Brothers

Here's a local group that has put their heart into the Festival for over 15 years. The group has Wayne Shrubsall, virtuoso banjo player. We like to call him Dr. Banjo as he actually did do his PhD dissertation on the banjo. Wayne generously volunteers his time every year to teach banjo. Award winning songwriter Jimmy Abraham has offered workshops over the years in harmonica and songwriting. Jimmy is a past president of the Albuquerque Folk Festival and is currently on the Advisory Board, plus he coordinates our free sample "busking" music events. The Adobe's exceptional fiddle player, Dr. Bruce Thompson, also a board member of FolkMADS, has been teaching fiddle workshops since the early days. In recent years the Adobes have been joined by the incredible bass player Terry Bluhm. As a group, this fine band has done many free outreach concerts for ABQ FOLK FEST in addition to their volunteer service at the festival. This year they will be on one of our main stages and we look forward to seeing their wonderful, entertaining performance.

Oh yes....they are sometimes joined by Director and Board President Gary Libman and turn into the klezmer band Schlomo and the Adobes.

In addition, some of the Adobes will likely play along with the Megaband for the evening FolkMADS contra dance. Erik Erhardt (a dance caller and FolkMADS board president) will be calling that evening dance. Erik is also volunteering his time to teach a few workshops at the festival including a dance workshop and a body percussion workshop for kids. It will be all be fun, fun, fun!

We have so many great performers and presenters, we wish we had space to feature them all, but you can see more on our performers page.

Thanks, Thanks, and More Thanks

Thanks B2B, and to the rest of our restaurant partners who tried to help us gather enough funds to put on this festival we love so much (and to Donna Bauer for arranging them): House of Bread, I Scream for Ice Cream. Cinnamon Café, Fuddruckers, & 5 Star Burger.

Thanks also to our partner AMP for co-hosting our fundraising Kick-Off concert with Solas. We are so excited to see them. (Don't forget to come out for this concert; it starts at 8 pm on Friday night, June 5, at the Balloon Museum.)

Thanks so much to all of our wonderful sponsors! We are feeling the love! With cuts in state, city, and federal funding to arts organizations, we have really relied on local support this year, and you have really been coming through.

And finally, thanks to our cadre of amazing volunteers, many of whom work hard year-round to put on our favorite event ever....The Albuquerque Folk Festival!

Reminder! Come to B2B to today 5/31, 12-9pm

From our volunteer fundraising director: "Mmmm, licking my lips for chicken and waffles but it is so hard to decide. We were there just recently. My husband had an awesome bacon cheddar burger, but I liked my veggie burger in a bowl (w/salad) better. There were so many veggie burgers (as well as buns) to choose from. I selected the NM Pecan Lentil burger. Delish! We topped it all with a Marble Oatmeal Stout on tap"

We need you! Support Albuquerque Folk Festival

HELP GET THE WORD OUT

Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook! We’re providing regular updates on upcoming local shows, information on and videos of our performers and other fun tidbits about our festival and our organization that you’ll want to know. Share our page, events and posts with your friends, too. Let’s really get the word out this year!

SUPPORT YOUR FESTIVAL

As many of you know, the ABQ Folk Festival is 100% run by volunteers. Did you know that only a small portion of our financial resources comes from ticket sales? Roughly 30% of the cost of our festival is covered by ticket sales. That means we must fund 70% of our festival though grants, sponsorships and donations from supporters like you. Over the next few years, we’d love to see that ticket-sales dependency drop to zero as we lower the cost of the tickets down to Free. Please help us push toward that goal and consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Albuquerque Folk Festival, a Not-for-Profit 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(2) Public Charity. We offer a variety of donor and sponsor opportunities at all levels of support for community-minded individuals and organizations. For more information, visit our website or contact us. Thank you for your patronage!

If you like to shop at Amazon, you can also help ABQ FOLK FEST by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com and designating the Albuquerque Folk Festival as your charity to support. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to the folk festival.

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May 22, 2015

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May 22, 2015

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

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On Stage: Dynamic Duos

We are excited to have the Handsome Family joining us for this year’s festival. As an Americana duo, Brett Sparks (guitar/vocals) and Rennie Sparks (banjo/bass/ukulele/vocals) have been songwriting collaborators for over twenty years. Brett’s music and Rennie’s narrative lyrics combine to form a unique sound that is simultaneously old and new. Their already-large fan base expanded when the HBO series True Detective used their song “Far From Any Road” as its theme. Although they call Albuquerque home, they rarely appear here, despite performing all over the world. Our lucky festival attendees can see and hear the Handsome Family on the Mt. Taylor stage at 9:30 pm.

We have lots of amazing duos on the schedule this year! In addition to the Handsome Family, we are bringing back two very popular duos for return engagements, Notorious and Spencer & Rains, and a new-to-AFF duo, Cathy Barton and Dave Para.

Notorious (Eden MacAdam-Somer and Larry Unger) will be back on our stages with their exciting mix of fiddle tunes and songs from around the world (and clogging!). You loved them in 2013, and we are pleased to offer more opportunities to see these fabulous musicians. Notorious will perform on the Sandia stage at 12:30 pm and on the Jemez stage at 8:30 pm. They will also present a tune-writing workshop at 10:30 am.

You may remember Spencer & Rains from last year’s festival, when they entertained an enthusiastic crowd in the museum’s front exhibit hall, after the outdoor area was shut down due to wind. We are bringing them back by popular demand, so you have another chance to hear the wonderful old-time music of Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains. They will give a workshop on Fiddle Chording (or “How to Play Tunes You've Never Heard”) at 11:30 am, and will perform on the Sandia stage at 3:30 pm, and the Mt. Taylor stage at 7:30 pm.

Cathy Barton and Dave Para will be joining us for the first time, with their banjo- and guitar-based traditional music of the midwest and beyond. You will find them on the Jemez stage at 11:30 am and the Sandia stage at 6:30 pm. As an added treat, Dave will present a workshop at 3:30 pm, where you can learn how to play music on a leaf. We’re not kidding!

All hands on deck! Please come out to B2B 5/31/15

Bistronomy B2B is supporting Albuquerque Folk Festival by donating 20% of all food sales on Sunday May 31. This is our biggest restaurant fundraiser of the year so please come out for a delicious meal that benefits your favorite local festival.

B2B prepares some of the best burgers (and veggie burgers!) in town using fresh organic and natural ingredients from New Mexico. The fries are fabulous and New Mexico craft beers are oh-so-good. This awesome local company supports deserving non-profit organizations, like Albuquerque Folk Festival, every Sunday. Your dollar will go a long way by satisfying you with a delicious meal, by contributing to the Folk Fest and by helping to sustain this generous local business in their community giving. We’ll see you there!

PS Sundays are “Soul Groover”, Chicken ‘N' Waffle day at B2B. Check out their website and menu.

Welcome Tent

New this year! Come and enjoy our Welcome Tent in front of the Museum. As you arrive at the festival you will be greeted by fabulous music (and even some dancing) right out at the front curb! Our Welcome Tent's first group of the day, Polyphony Marimba, will play from about 9:45 until noon. If you heard them last year, you know what fun they are! Come early and enjoy this exuberant musical experience.. Can't come early? Not to worry -- there will be more great music in the Welcome Tent in the afternoon, too. We’ll feature some traditional music of Brittany, Galicia, and other regions played on hurdy gurdy, percussion and setar with dancers dancing to an eclectic mix from Celtic regions to the Middle East. This is all free!

Speaking of Free Stuff

The ABQ FOLK FEST has ample free offerings:

  • Welcome tent (see above),
  • Sunny Birkland Puppet Playhouse, puppets will also wander around out front to welcome people as they arrive
  • Free parking
  • Free camping and jamming
  • Free for kids 0-12
  • Free for seniors 85+
  • Free Bike Valet – ride on up and park your bike for free!

Also we are honored that KUNM’s Folk Routes show will be broadcasting live for 2 hours at the Albuquerque Folk Festival for those of you who can’t make it down in the morning. A big thank you to KUNM!

In addition, the Albuquerque Folk Festival is partnering with AMP Concert series to bring you 3 FREE library concerts from some of our performers. To reserve your space: www.ampconcerts.org

  • Jun 03 Wed | 12:00pm “Timothy Hill” (harmonic singing, singer songwriter virtuoso) at Central Unser Library; 8081 Central Ave NW; Albuquerque, NM
  • Jun 04 Thu | 12:00pm “Cathy Barton & Dave Para” at the Ernie Pyle Library; 900 Girard SE, Albuquerque, NM
  • Jul 20 Mon | 6:00pm “Squash Blossom Boys” at Cherry Hills Library; 6901 Barstow NE; Albuquerque, NM

Other free stuff: Did you know that the Albuquerque Folk Festival gives away hundreds of free tickets to many community organizations such as School for the Blind, Ability First, City Senior Centers, the Albuquerque Stroke group, La Puerta de Los Ninos, and more. For information on how to get tickets for an organization in need, please contact sponsors@abqfolkfest.org.

Finally, Albuquerque Folk Festival has already provided a number of free performances around town. It's all part of our community service! Did you know that we have been providing "Free Sample" busking performances around the city at various locations April-June, as well as a free interactive performance for Bernalillo Elementary Multicultural day? There will be more community performances to come after the festival too.

Raffle

We are very excited about our Raffle this year. Here’s your chance to win some great prizes including a beautiful Eastman Mandolin.

Thanks to our sponsors for providing these wonderful raffle items:

  • Mandolin and Gig bag: Brand new Eastman Handcrafted Model MD305, Solid Spruce and Maple, beautiful tone – List value $600, Donor Guitar Vista, Stan Burg
  • Sanctuary Sound, 10 hours of free CD recording time – Value $800, Donor Lee Padilla, Sanctuary Sound
  • $100 Gift Certificate – Value $100, Donated by Music Go Round
  • Yamaha Acoustic Pack: Includes: FD01S acoustic guitar with die-cast chrome tuners and spruce top, Gig bag, Digital tuner, Strap, Extra strings, Instructional DVD – List value $199, Donor Bronson Roybal, Guitar Center
  • Spa Facial Treatment (60 minute) – Value $100, Donor Alicia Albeyta, DDS, Gentle Dentistry & Holistic Spa
  • Teeth Whitening: Free custom made Teeth Whitening Trays – Value $418, Donor Alicia Albeyta, DDS, Gentle Dentistry & Holistic Spa

When you get to the festival, before you get distracted by all the wonderful stuff, head right to the Raffle/Fundraising Table and buy (lots of) tickets. Tickets are $3 each, 4 for $10, or 9 for $20. Put your tickets in the containers for the prizes you want to win. You may put your tickets in one or more containers. For example, if you want the mandolin, put all your tickets in the mandolin container. If you’d like a chance at all the prizes, put one or more tickets in each container. Raffle winners will be chosen at 10:30 pm the day of the festival at the Festival grounds. Winners need not be present and will be notified by phone or email. All the proceeds provide needed funding for our non-profit Festival, and possibly an exciting, big win for you as well!

We need you! Support Albuquerque Folk Festival

HELP GET THE WORD OUT

Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook! We’re providing regular updates on upcoming local shows, information on and videos of our performers and other fun tidbits about our festival and our organization that you’ll want to know. Share our page, events and posts with your friends, too. Let’s really get the word out this year!

SUPPORT YOUR FESTIVAL

As many of you know, the ABQ Folk Festival is 100% run by volunteers. Did you know that only a small portion of our financial resources comes from ticket sales? Roughly 30% of the cost of our festival is covered by ticket sales. That means we must fund 70% of our festival though grants, sponsorships and donations from supporters like you. Over the next few years, we’d love to see that ticket-sales dependency drop to zero as we lower the cost of the tickets down to Free. Please help us push toward that goal and consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Albuquerque Folk Festival, a Not-for-Profit 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(2) Public Charity. We offer a variety of donor and sponsor opportunities at all levels of support for community-minded individuals and organizations. For more information, visit our website or contact us. Thank you for your patronage!

If you like to shop at Amazon, you can also help ABQ FOLK FEST by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com and designating the Albuquerque Folk Festival as your charity to support. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to the folk festival.

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May 7, 2015

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May 7, 2015

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

What's in this issue:

Volunteer With Us for Free Admission

ABQ FOLK FEST is one short month away, on Saturday June 6 at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum! Have you always wanted to get involved with the Albuquerque Folk Festival? Now's your chance! Has the thought never really occurred to you to get involved, but now-that-we-mention-it you're up for something new and happy to earn FREE admission to this amazing festival and a FREE awesome t-shirt? This is your opportunity! Are you a returning volunteer who has every intention of signing up again this year but just hasn't gotten around to answering JB's emails yet? Here's your reminder - now is the time!

As you can tell, we're recruiting additional volunteer support. Albuquerque Folk Festival is 100% organized and staffed by volunteers from our board of directors to our logistics coordinators to our ticket collectors. It's a labor of love; many hands make light the work; it's all for one and one for all... the point is we need you. And in a very special way, you need us, don't you think (don't think too hard)? Join us as we make this wonderful annual event come to life to 4000+ festival-goers!

The following positions are still available to volunteers and we would LOVE to render them unavailable after you sign up today. If any of these positions sound interesting to you, please e-mail our dedicated and hardworking and much-loved Volunteer Director, Jim Beal (aka JB) at b44@comcast.net and he will get you connected with the managers that will set you up with a 3-hour (fun, interesting, social, helpful, important) shift and get you on the list for free admission to this amazing festival and a free t-shirt.

  • Floater Floaters are on call for half of the day, and they may or may not get a call to fill in at a post. Floaters must bring their own cell phones and be reachable for their entire shift, ready to jump into action when called as a fundraising table volunteer, admissions volunteer, instrument check volunteer or whatever position is found to be unexpectedly vacant. Like we said, you might get a call – you might not.
  • Set-Up - General These volunteers finish their work before the festival kicks off! Shifts are still available on Friday (10 to 1, 1 to 4) and on Saturday morning before the festival starts at 10am.
  • Sign Set-Up These volunteers place signs around the festival grounds before the festival begins to identify the many stages, workshops, jams and other venues.
  • Breakdown The effort is gathering signage & other AFF property and transporting it to a central site, restoring interior rooms in the museum to their original state and general clean-up. There will be a need for volunteers when the workshop tents close down – circa 6 PM, and at the end of the evening, doing the same sort of functions for the rest of the area.
  • Admissions These volunteers will process the attendees that already have tickets, greet the people, and/or hand out programs.
  • Tent Side Rolling . These individuals should be moderately tall and somewhat athletic. Their job is to lower tent sides when sunshine is making the seating uncomfortable, and raise them when the sun is on the other side of the tent.
  • Recycling Help us reduce our environmental footprint by reducing the amount of waste we send to the landfill.
  • Advance Ticket Sales This individual would help distribute packets of advance tickets to music stores in SANTA FE 2 - 3 weeks before the festival. The manager in charge will make up the packets and keep track of the numbers of tickets and ticket serial numbers assigned to each store. 3 - 4 days after the festival the volunteer would pick up the envelopes with the cash and checks from the stores and return them to the manager. They do NOT count money or do anything with the tickets that didn't sell.
  • Band Scramble Recruiters These volunteers assist with acquiring individuals that wish to participate and then assist with directing them to and from their respective practice tents and the main performing tent.
  • Jamming Tent Volunteer . The person would assist in the orderly exit of the previous jamming group, and the corresponding entrance of the next one. They would also introduce the next host (no microphone - just introduce/welcome them and maybe offer a tidbit of information the host might provide). There are 15 'jam hours' total between the 2 tents. 6 are already taken by two people, so we need 3 more volunteers.
  • Camping Jam Tent Setup and Breakdown In the camping area, we need help erecting a tent to be shared by campers for jamming. The crew will meet in the camp area at 8:30 Thursday morning, June 4th for set up, and again on Sunday, June 7th at noon to take it down.
  • Instrument Check These volunteers sign-in patrons' instruments for safe keeping, and sign them back out to the rightful owners upon their return.


Herbfest This Weekend

f you’re not busy this weekend, be sure to head down to the Rio Grande Nature Center to check out ABQ FOLK FEST performers at Herbfest. Here’s a schedule of who’s playing when. And if you go, be sure to drop by our promotion table to pick up some flyers and discount cards.

We need you! Support Albuquerque Folk Festival

HELP GET THE WORD OUT

Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook! We’re providing regular updates on upcoming local shows, information on and videos of our performers and other fun tidbits about our festival and our organization that you’ll want to know. Share our page, events and posts with your friends, too. Let’s really get the word out this year!

SUPPORT YOUR FESTIVAL

As many of you know, the ABQ Folk Festival is 100% run by volunteers. Did you know that only a small portion of our financial resources comes from ticket sales? Roughly 30% of the cost of our festival is covered by ticket sales. That means we must fund 70% of our festival though grants, sponsorships and donations from supporters like you. Over the next few years, we’d love to see that ticket-sales dependency drop to zero as we lower the cost of the tickets down to Free. Please help us push toward that goal and consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Albuquerque Folk Festival, a Not-for-Profit 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(2) Public Charity. We offer a variety of donor and sponsor opportunities at all levels of support for community-minded individuals and organizations. For more information, visit our website or contact us. Thank you for your patronage!

If you like to shop at Amazon, you can also help ABQ FOLK FEST by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com and designating the Albuquerque Folk Festival as your charity to support. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to the folk festival.

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April 24, 2015

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April 23, 2015

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

What's in this issue:

In the Spotlight: The Creole-Cajun Connection featuring Ed Poullard and Blake Miller

Ed Poullard and Blake Miller

This year’s festival will feature a very special collaboration by two masters of Louisiana music: The Creole-Cajun Connection featuring Ed Poullard and Blake Miller, in their New Mexico debut.

Ed Poullard is a veteran Creole musician and Blake Miller is a next-generation Cajun music wiz. Poullard performed across the US with the legendary Creole fiddler Canray Fontenot, and is part of Cedric Watson’s trio Les Amis Creole. Miller currently plays with Cajun super-group The Revelers, and has been a member of the Red Stick Ramblers, Pine Leaf Boys, Balfa Toujours, and more. Together they’re a powerhouse duo of accordion, fiddle, and vocals.

You can catch them twice on stage: at 4:30 pm (Jemez) and 9:30 pm (Sandia). They will also present a workshop on the parallel and intersecting roads of Cajun and Creole music and culture, exploring the similarities and differences of multiple styles of accordion and fiddle, as well as tune repertoires of the region that stretches across Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas known as Acadiana (2:30 pm, Indoor Workshop 5).

This is a rare treat -- don’t miss these guys!

Volunteers Needed

Join the 700+ Volunteers that currently produce and present the ABQ Folk Festival. In exchange for at least 3 hours of your time, you will gain free admission, a free t-shirt, and have a lot of fun with a great group of music and community-lovers! We are 100% volunteer-run and we definitely need more help for this year. Here are some positions that we need to focus on:

  • Breakdown - We need help as the workshops close and at the end of the day
  • Floating Volunteers - This is a critical need. Reliable volunteers that can fill in when another volunteer cannot fulfill their obligation.
  • Tent Side-rolling - We need volunteers that are somewhat tall, and moderately athletic
  • Band Scramble - Assistance in acquiring musicians and in coordinating moves to practice areas and the main stage
  • Recycling - Become a team member in one of the premier recycle programs in ABQ
  • Jamming Tents - Need 4 individuals to coordinate movement of groups and introduction of the bands.
  • Planning and Coordinating - Need team players to assist in planning for 2016

If you'd like more information about these volunteer opportunities, check our Volunteer page.

If your name is already in the volunteer database, simply send an email to Jim Beall b44@comcast.net. If not, go to abqfolkfest.org/volunteers.shtml and enter your contact information.

We also need a volunteer videographer who can video and edit and get us a finished 2-4 minute video that is a broad view of the festival.



Local Spotlight: Virginia Creepers and Kris Jensen

The Virginia Creepers have been playing old-time music in New Mexico for more than 20 years. Past winners of the Old Time Band Contest at the Santa Fe Traditional and Bluegrass Music Festival, they play tunes and songs that range from the Civil War era and earlier to newer pieces in the old-time style.

The Virginia Creepers have been long time supporters and presenters at ABQ FOLK FEST. They will be playing at Jam with the Band at the Festival at 2:30 pm and for Dare to Be Square square dancing, with Kris Jensen calling, at 1:30 pm in the Indoor Music venue. Kris Jensen calls both modern and traditional squares locally and around the country, and always looks forward to calling with the Creepers.

You can see the Virginia Creepers for an Old-Time ABQ Concert, Sunday, May 3 at 2:00pm at Eight Two 1 Perfomance Space, 821 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque.

The Festival Gets Greener

ABQ FOLK FEST is really stepping up its recycling efforts and trying to be a leader in recycling for a one-day large scale event in Albuquerque. This effort is spearheaded by Bob Edgar who has received a grant for this purpose from The Pollination Project. Bob plans to set up tables staffed by volunteers to sort compostables and clean cardboard, plastic, and aluminum to maximize cost savings. He’s also planning on documenting his model to encourage city officials and other event planners. Bob needs volunteers for this, so help us go green by volunteering at the Festival.

FREE BICYCLE VALET: You can also help us go green by riding your bike to the Festival. The Balloon Museum is conveniently located just off the North Diversion Channel bike path. So take advantage of our free bicycle valet service, which will be open from 8 am until 11 pm, get some exercise, and bicycle to the ABQ FOLK FEST.

ABQ FOLK FEST Around Town

Come see us at Herbfest at the Rio Grande Nature Center on May 9-10 where AFF musicians will be performing and volunteers at our promotion table will have fliers and $5-off discount cards.

Volunteers will also be at Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival at the Balloon Fiesta Park May 16-17 distributing information and discount cards.

Also, look for Folk Festival performers on Saturdays in May at these locations:

  • Baums Music 2909 Eubank NE 12 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Whole Foods Carlisle & Indian School 1 pm - 3 pm
  • Cinnamon Café 5809 Juan Tabo NE 12 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Fuddruckers in Coronado Center east side south of Barnes & Noble 3:30 pm - 5 pm
  • La Montanita 2400 Rio Grande NW 10 am - 2 pm
  • House of Bread Carlisle and Indian School 10 am - 12 pm

They'll be playing tunes and passing out ABQ FOLK FEST information and discount cards. For more up to date info, check here.

Bluegrass at the Brewery

A little something for you bluegrass fans this weekend: Marble Brewery (one of our Festival beer vendors) is having a bluegrass festival on Sunday, April 26, including one of this year's performers, the Squash Blossom Boys (Sandia Stage 8:30 pm). See Marble Brewery's website for times and details.

ABQ FOLK FEST Dining Guide

You have to eat, right? So, dine out and support the ABQ FOLK FEST at the same time!

Monday! You can start by enjoying some great burgers at Fuddruckers on Yale near the airport this coming Monday, April 27!

Just bring in a copy of the Fuddruckers flyer to 2120 Yale Blvd SE, eat lunch and/or dinner, and Fuddruckers will donate 15% of your bill to AFF. If you can't make it on Monday (or even if you can), you can also enjoy a Fuddruckers burger on Wednesday, May 27th at 4855 Pan American.

Bring this flyer with you (clicking it will open a printable pdf).

Fuddruckers Fundraising Flyer

Other restaurants are also helping us out in April and May. Just bring in the festival dining guide flyer for any of these restaurants:

ABQ FOLK FEST Dining Guide

We need you! Support Albuquerque Folk Festival

HELP GET THE WORD OUT

Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook! We’re providing regular updates on upcoming local shows, information on and videos of our performers and other fun tidbits about our festival and our organization that you’ll want to know. Share our page, events and posts with your friends, too. Let’s really get the word out this year!

SUPPORT YOUR FESTIVAL

As many of you know, the ABQ Folk Festival is 100% run by volunteers. Did you know that only a small portion of our financial resources comes from ticket sales? Roughly 30% of the cost of our festival is covered by ticket sales. That means we must fund 70% of our festival though grants, sponsorships and donations from supporters like you. Over the next few years, we’d love to see that ticket-sales dependency drop to zero as we lower the cost of the tickets down to Free. Please help us push toward that goal and consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Albuquerque Folk Festival, a Not-for-Profit 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(2) Public Charity. We offer a variety of donor and sponsor opportunities at all levels of support for community-minded individuals and organizations. For more information, visit our website or contact us. Thank you for your patronage!

If you like to shop at Amazon, you can also help ABQ FOLK FEST by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com and designating the Albuquerque Folk Festival as your charity to support. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to the folk festival.

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April 13, 2015

Hello, Folk Festival Supporters!

Just a quick email to remind you that tomorrow, April 14, is the last day to buy an Early Bird Albuquerque Folk Festival Package that includes our special fundraising warmup concert with Solas and an all-day pass for the Folk Festival.

The Solas concert, co-sponsored with AMP Concerts, is happening Friday, June 5, starting at 8:00 pm, at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum. And, of course, the Folk Festival is the next day, June 6, also at the Balloon Museum. The Early Bird package price is only $33 for adults and $27.50 for students and seniors for both great events. Check the AMP website for details, and remember: this special offer is only good until tomorrow.

A special note to ABQ Folk Festival supporters from our president, Gary Libman:

Due to federal and regional constraints totally out of our control, the AFF has had reduced funding this year from several of our usual governmental grantors. In one case it was a significant reduction in grant money which we count on and use to put together the festival and to bring the local, regional and national talent for your entertainment. In addition, our facility costs, including tents, tables and chairs, our sound and lighting costs, additional recycling costs, and other expenses continue to increase. But we feel very strongly that we are a COMMUNITY ORIENTED participatory festival and we do not want to increase our ticket prices nor decrease the myriad of discounts we give to charitable organizations in our area. THEREFORE, we are appealing to you, our supporters, to please become an AFF contributor so we can continue our work for this and future festivals. Please check this link on our website http://abqfolkfest.org/sponsors.shtml or send a check to the ABQ Folk Festival, 13332 Lodestone Tr. ABQ, NM 87123. Questions or comments? Please feel free to call 1.505.301.2822.

Two other ways to help raise funds for the folk festival are 1. Buy Solas concert tickets (see above) and 2 Dine at our festival restaurant partners (remember to take the dining guide flyer!) Another dining event is coming right up. Eat at 5 Star Burgers at Wyoming and Academy on April 15, and 5 Star Burgers will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Folk Festival. Just print out this flyer and bring it with you. And, remember, a percentage of all of your purchases in April and May at I Scream Ice Cream and House of Bread will benefit the Festival as long as you bring the flyer!

April 24, 2015

Albuquerque Folk Festival Logo

April 23, 2015

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

What's in this issue:

In the Spotlight: The Creole-Cajun Connection featuring Ed Poullard and Blake Miller

Ed Poullard and Blake Miller

This year’s festival will feature a very special collaboration by two masters of Louisiana music: The Creole-Cajun Connection featuring Ed Poullard and Blake Miller, in their New Mexico debut.

Ed Poullard is a veteran Creole musician and Blake Miller is a next-generation Cajun music wiz. Poullard performed across the US with the legendary Creole fiddler Canray Fontenot, and is part of Cedric Watson’s trio Les Amis Creole. Miller currently plays with Cajun super-group The Revelers, and has been a member of the Red Stick Ramblers, Pine Leaf Boys, Balfa Toujours, and more. Together they’re a powerhouse duo of accordion, fiddle, and vocals.

You can catch them twice on stage: at 4:30 pm (Jemez) and 9:30 pm (Sandia). They will also present a workshop on the parallel and intersecting roads of Cajun and Creole music and culture, exploring the similarities and differences of multiple styles of accordion and fiddle, as well as tune repertoires of the region that stretches across Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas known as Acadiana (2:30 pm, Indoor Workshop 5).

This is a rare treat -- don’t miss these guys!

Volunteers Needed

Join the 700+ Volunteers that currently produce and present the ABQ Folk Festival. In exchange for at least 3 hours of your time, you will gain free admission, a free t-shirt, and have a lot of fun with a great group of music and community-lovers! We are 100% volunteer-run and we definitely need more help for this year. Here are some positions that we need to focus on:

  • Breakdown - We need help as the workshops close and at the end of the day
  • Floating Volunteers - This is a critical need. Reliable volunteers that can fill in when another volunteer cannot fulfill their obligation.
  • Tent Side-rolling - We need volunteers that are somewhat tall, and moderately athletic
  • Band Scramble - Assistance in acquiring musicians and in coordinating moves to practice areas and the main stage
  • Recycling - Become a team member in one of the premier recycle programs in ABQ
  • Jamming Tents - Need 4 individuals to coordinate movement of groups and introduction of the bands.
  • Planning and Coordinating - Need team players to assist in planning for 2016

If you'd like more information about these volunteer opportunities, check our Volunteer page.

If your name is already in the volunteer database, simply send an email to Jim Beall b44@comcast.net. If not, go to abqfolkfest.org/volunteers.shtml and enter your contact information.

We also need a volunteer videographer who can video and edit and get us a finished 2-4 minute video that is a broad view of the festival.



Local Spotlight: Virginia Creepers and Kris Jensen

The Virginia Creepers have been playing old-time music in New Mexico for more than 20 years. Past winners of the Old Time Band Contest at the Santa Fe Traditional and Bluegrass Music Festival, they play tunes and songs that range from the Civil War era and earlier to newer pieces in the old-time style.

The Virginia Creepers have been long time supporters and presenters at ABQ FOLK FEST. They will be playing at Jam with the Band at the Festival at 2:30 pm and for Dare to Be Square square dancing, with Kris Jensen calling, at 1:30 pm in the Indoor Music venue. Kris Jensen calls both modern and traditional squares locally and around the country, and always looks forward to calling with the Creepers.

You can see the Virginia Creepers for an Old-Time ABQ Concert, Sunday, May 3 at 2:00pm at Eight Two 1 Perfomance Space, 821 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque.

The Festival Gets Greener

ABQ FOLK FEST is really stepping up its recycling efforts and trying to be a leader in recycling for a one-day large scale event in Albuquerque. This effort is spearheaded by Bob Edgar who has received a grant for this purpose from The Pollination Project. Bob plans to set up tables staffed by volunteers to sort compostables and clean cardboard, plastic, and aluminum to maximize cost savings. He’s also planning on documenting his model to encourage city officials and other event planners. Bob needs volunteers for this, so help us go green by volunteering at the Festival.

FREE BICYCLE VALET: You can also help us go green by riding your bike to the Festival. The Balloon Museum is conveniently located just off the North Diversion Channel bike path. So take advantage of our free bicycle valet service, which will be open from 8 am until 11 pm, get some exercise, and bicycle to the ABQ FOLK FEST.

ABQ FOLK FEST Around Town

Come see us at Herbfest at the Rio Grande Nature Center on May 9-10 where AFF musicians will be performing and volunteers at our promotion table will have fliers and $5-off discount cards.

Volunteers will also be at Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival at the Balloon Fiesta Park May 16-17 distributing information and discount cards.

Also, look for Folk Festival performers on Saturdays in May at these locations:

  • Baums Music 2909 Eubank NE 12 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Whole Foods Carlisle & Indian School 1 pm - 3 pm
  • Cinnamon Café 5809 Juan Tabo NE 12 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Fuddruckers in Coronado Center east side south of Barnes & Noble 3:30 pm - 5 pm
  • La Montanita 2400 Rio Grande NW 10 am - 2 pm
  • House of Bread Carlisle and Indian School 10 am - 12 pm

They'll be playing tunes and passing out ABQ FOLK FEST information and discount cards. For more up to date info, check here.

Bluegrass at the Brewery

A little something for you bluegrass fans this weekend: Marble Brewery (one of our Festival beer vendors) is having a bluegrass festival on Sunday, April 26, including one of this year's performers, the Squash Blossom Boys (Sandia Stage 8:30 pm). See Marble Brewery's website for times and details.

ABQ FOLK FEST Dining Guide

You have to eat, right? So, dine out and support the ABQ FOLK FEST at the same time!

Monday! You can start by enjoying some great burgers at Fuddruckers on Yale near the airport this coming Monday, April 27!

Just bring in a copy of the Fuddruckers flyer to 2120 Yale Blvd SE, eat lunch and/or dinner, and Fuddruckers will donate 15% of your bill to AFF. If you can't make it on Monday (or even if you can), you can also enjoy a Fuddruckers burger on Wednesday, May 27th at 4855 Pan American.

Bring this flyer with you (clicking it will open a printable pdf).

Fuddruckers Fundraising Flyer

Other restaurants are also helping us out in April and May. Just bring in the festival dining guide flyer for any of these restaurants:

ABQ FOLK FEST Dining Guide

We need you! Support Albuquerque Folk Festival

HELP GET THE WORD OUT

Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook! We’re providing regular updates on upcoming local shows, information on and videos of our performers and other fun tidbits about our festival and our organization that you’ll want to know. Share our page, events and posts with your friends, too. Let’s really get the word out this year!

SUPPORT YOUR FESTIVAL

As many of you know, the ABQ Folk Festival is 100% run by volunteers. Did you know that only a small portion of our financial resources comes from ticket sales? Roughly 30% of the cost of our festival is covered by ticket sales. That means we must fund 70% of our festival though grants, sponsorships and donations from supporters like you. Over the next few years, we’d love to see that ticket-sales dependency drop to zero as we lower the cost of the tickets down to Free. Please help us push toward that goal and consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Albuquerque Folk Festival, a Not-for-Profit 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(2) Public Charity. We offer a variety of donor and sponsor opportunities at all levels of support for community-minded individuals and organizations. For more information, visit our website or contact us. Thank you for your patronage!

If you like to shop at Amazon, you can also help ABQ FOLK FEST by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com and designating the Albuquerque Folk Festival as your charity to support. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to the folk festival.

Donate to the Folk Festival Sign up for Folk Festival Newsletter Find Us on Facebook
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March 23, 2015

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March 23, 2015

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

What's in this issue:

ABQ FOLK FEST Dining Guide

You have to eat, right? So, think about eating at our supporting restaurants over the next couple months for the Albuquerque Folk Festival. As you know, our festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Admissions only covers 25% of the cost of putting on the festival, so we have to find ways to make up the difference and we appreciate the help our restaurant partners.

Tomorrow! You can start by enjoying some great burgers at Fuddruckers on Menaul tomorrow!

Just bring in a copy of the Fuddruckers flyer to 6600 Menaul NE, eat lunch and/or dinner, and Fuddruckers will donate 15% of your bill to AFF. If you can't make it tomorrow, you can participate at other Fuddruckers on other dates:
  • Tuesday, March 24th at the Fuddruckers at 6600 Menaul NE
  • Monday, April 27th at the Fuddruckers at 2120 Yale Blvd SE
  • Wednesday, May 27th at the Fuddruckers at 4855 Pan American
Bring this flyer with you (clicking it will open a printable pdf). Fuddruckers Fundraising Flyer

Just bring in the festival dining guide flyer for any of these restaurants:

ABQ FOLK FEST Dining Guide

For Fuddruckers, bring in their specific flyer for these specific dates: March 24th, April 27, or May 27.

  • Tuesday, March 24th at the Fuddruckers at 6600 Menaul NE
  • Monday, April 27th at the Fuddruckers at 2120 Yale Blvd SE
  • Wednesday, May 27th at the Fuddruckers at 4855 Pan American

Hand the flyer them when you order and they will help the festival with a percentage of the proceeds. Thank you!

Fuddruckers Fundraising Flyer

Hot Tip: Free Concerts

Mark your calendar for three great free concerts! The Albuquerque Folk Festival is partnering with AMP Concerts to bring you three free concerts at the Albuquerque Libraries: The Squash Blossom Boys on May 28th at the Los Griegos Library, Timothy Hill on June 3rd at the Central Unser Library, and Cathy Barton and Dave Para on June 4th at the Ernie Pyle Library. See the AMP Concerts website for more information and to make reservations.

Folk Festival Tickets Available Online

Now you can buy folk festival tickets on line! We thought it would never happen, but the Albuquerque Folk Festival just came into the 20th century. We now have online ticket purchases available; see our website for information and prices.

Sneak Peak for ABQ FOLK FEST

In addition to Solas coming in for our Friday night fundraiser, AFF has already locked in some key performers for this year’s festival. We have Cathy Barton and Dave Para, The Handsome Family, The Zuni Mountain Boys and the Polyphony Marimba band. We also have The Rifters rejoining us for our Saturday Night Barn Dance Under the Stars. And we are excited to announce that Solas will be around for leading workshop presentations on Saturday.

Cathy Barton and Dave Para are well known for their dynamic AND FUN performances and are acclaimed for their variety and expertise in both vocal and instrumental styles. They concentrate on fun audience participation and their special emphasis on traditional music. Dave may even demonstrate his amazing “leaf blowing” repertoire, to such musical favorites as “Listen to the Mockingbird.”

The Handsome Family is a husband and wife group who are well known for their alternative country and Americana music. They are a blend of traditional country, bluegrass AND MURDER ballads, with some rock elements. They’re great story tellers. Not to be missed.

The Zuni Mountain Boys are an Americana duo with acoustic guitars, dobro and even keyboard. They’re great song writers and performers...not to be missed.

Polyphony Marimba entertained us in their workshop at last year’s festival, so we’re bringing them back, by enormous popular request, to play on one of our main stages. They are a nationally touring marimba ensemble (based in Santa Fe), having played many gigs all over the country and delight their audience by their enthusiastic music and fun.

The Rifters are a NM band, out of Taos, who play a very special style of southwestern folk-country music. Folks at the festival will enjoy their style of music and love dancing to them at our Saturday Night Barn Dance. They utilize a wide range of acoustic and electric instruments to give their three-part harmonies and great dancing music.

We need you! Support Albuquerque Folk Festival

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!

Join the 700+ Volunteers that currently produce and present the ABQ Folk Festival. In exchange for at least 3 hours of your time, you will gain free admission, a free t-shirt, and have a lot of fun with a great group of music and community-lovers! We are 100% volunteer-run, and while we have an impressive list of wonderful volunteers from previous years, we can always use more help. If you’re interested in getting involved, see our Volunteering page.

HELP GET THE WORD OUT

Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook! We’re providing regular updates on upcoming local shows, information on and videos of our performers and other fun tidbits about our festival and our organization that you’ll want to know. Share our page, events and posts with your friends, too. Let’s really get the word out this year!

SUPPORT YOUR FESTIVAL

As many of you know, the ABQ Folk Festival is 100% run by volunteers. Did you know that only a small portion of our financial resources comes from ticket sales? Roughly 30% of the cost of our festival is covered by ticket sales. That means we must fund 70% of our festival though grants, sponsorships and donations from supporters like you. Over the next few years, we’d love to see that ticket-sales dependency drop to zero as we lower the cost of the tickets down to Free. Please help us push toward that goal and consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Albuquerque Folk Festival, a Not-for-Profit 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(2) Public Charity. We offer a variety of donor and sponsor opportunities at all levels of support for community-minded individuals and organizations. For more information, visit our website or contact us. Thank you for your patronage!

If you like to shop at Amazon, you can also help ABQ FOLK FEST by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com and designating the Albuquerque Folk Festival as your charity to support. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to the folk festival.

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January 30, 2015

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January 30, 2015

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

What's in this issue:

Friday Night Fundraiser Featuring Solas

We have just confirmed that Solas will be headlining our Friday night Fundraiser, the night before the Folk Festival. Come see Solas and then come to the camping area and jam into the night. Solas, jointly presented by AMP Concerts, is a super Irish-American band which has recorded and performed Celtic music for years in the US and globally. They have recorded 10 albums filled with their wonderful Irish/Celtic music, and should not be missed.

Once again we are partnering with our friends at AMP concerts to bring you a great concert and to raise money for the Albuquerque Folk Festival, a non-profit public charity event. Tickets for this fundraiser concert OR a package fundraiser concert plus an Albuquerque folk festival ticket can be purchased here: http://www.ampconcerts.org

Hot Tip: Free Concerts

Mark your calendar for three great free concerts! The Albuquerque Folk Festival is partnering with AMP Concerts to bring you three free concerts at the Albuquerque Libraries: The Squash Blossom Boys on May 28th at the Los Griegos Library, Timothy Hill on June 3rd at the Central Unser Library, and Cathy Barton and Dave Para on June 4th at the Ernie Pyle Library. See the AMP Concerts website for more information and to make reservations.

Folk Festival Tickets Available Online

Now you can buy folk festival tickets on line! We thought it would never happen, but the Albuquerque Folk Festival just came into the 20th century. We now have online ticket purchases available; see our website for information and prices.

Sneak Peak for ABQ FOLK FEST

In addition to Solas coming in for our Friday night fundraiser, AFF has already locked in some key performers for this year’s festival. We have Cathy Barton and Dave Para, The Handsome Family, The Zuni Mountain Boys and the Polyphony Marimba band. We also have The Rifters rejoining us for our Saturday Night Barn Dance Under the Stars. And we are excited to announce that Solas will be around for leading workshop presentations on Saturday.

Cathy Barton and Dave Para are well known for their dynamic AND FUN performances and are acclaimed for their variety and expertise in both vocal and instrumental styles. They concentrate on fun audience participation and their special emphasis on traditional music. Dave may even demonstrate his amazing “leaf blowing” repertoire, to such musical favorites as “Listen to the Mockingbird.”

The Handsome Family is a husband and wife group who are well known for their alternative country and Americana music. They are a blend of traditional country, bluegrass AND MURDER ballads, with some rock elements. They’re great story tellers. Not to be missed.

The Zuni Mountain Boys are an Americana duo with acoustic guitars, dobro and even keyboard. They’re great song writers and performers...not to be missed.

Polyphony Marimba entertained us in their workshop at last year’s festival, so we’re bringing them back, by enormous popular request, to play on one of our main stages. They are a nationally touring marimba ensemble (based in Santa Fe), having played many gigs all over the country and delight their audience by their enthusiastic music and fun.

The Rifters are a NM band, out of Taos, who play a very special style of southwestern folk-country music. Folks at the festival will enjoy their style of music and love dancing to them at our Saturday Night Barn Dance. They utilize a wide range of acoustic and electric instruments to give their three-part harmonies and great dancing music.

We need you! Support Albuquerque Folk Festival

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!

Join the 700+ Volunteers that currently produce and present the ABQ Folk Festival. In exchange for at least 3 hours of your time, you will gain free admission, a free t-shirt, and have a lot of fun with a great group of music and community-lovers! We are 100% volunteer-run, and while we have an impressive list of wonderful volunteers from previous years, we can always use more help. If you’re interested in getting involved, see our Volunteering page.

HELP GET THE WORD OUT

Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook! We’re providing regular updates on upcoming local shows, information on and videos of our performers and other fun tidbits about our festival and our organization that you’ll want to know. Share our page, events and posts with your friends, too. Let’s really get the word out this year!

SUPPORT YOUR FESTIVAL

As many of you know, the ABQ Folk Festival is 100% run by volunteers. Did you know that only a small portion of our financial resources comes from ticket sales? Roughly 30% of the cost of our festival is covered by ticket sales. That means we must fund 70% of our festival though grants, sponsorships and donations from supporters like you. Over the next few years, we’d love to see that ticket-sales dependency drop to zero as we lower the cost of the tickets down to Free. Please help us push toward that goal and consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Albuquerque Folk Festival, a Not-for-Profit 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(2) Public Charity. We offer a variety of donor and sponsor opportunities at all levels of support for community-minded individuals and organizations. For more information, visit our website or contact us. Thank you for your patronage!

If you like to shop at Amazon, you can also help ABQ FOLK FEST by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com and designating the Albuquerque Folk Festival as your charity to support. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to the folk festival.

Donate to the Folk Festival Sign up for Folk Festival Newsletter Find Us on Facebook
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